I will not in any way fail you
nor give you up
nor leave you without support.
I will not,
I will not,
I will not
in any degree
leave you helpless
nor let you down!
Hebrews 13:5 (Amp)
Where does your mind go when you hear the word ‘brokenness’?
Does it go to a time and place when you knew beyond a doubt
that you could no longer do life on your own?
Do you recall that you needed God;
needed His strength, His wisdom, His comfort –
in order to go on?
To be broken means to be crushed, in pieces, hurt...
We don’t like to think about this, do we?
Do you recall David’s lament in Psalm 31:12?
I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;
I am like a broken vessel.
How about Jeremiah’s words in Jeremiah 23:9?
My heart within me is broken
Because of the prophets;
Or Solomon’s words in Proverbs 17:22?
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Or in Proverbs 18:14?
The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,
But who can bear a broken spirit?
As I read these words I can almost feel their pain, their hurt, their “brokenness” – primarily because I’ve “been there” at one time or another!
As we all have!
Here are some examples of an unbroken spirit:
· Pride & Arrogance
· Bitterness & Resentment
Now, here are examples of just the opposite – a broken spirit:
· Reconciliation & Peace
· Unselfishness & Holiness
· Rest & Quietness
Which ‘spirit’ would you like to have?
Me? ... give me the broken spirit any day...
I have lived in ‘unbrokenness’ -
(and it seems I slip back there at times too!)
I don’t wish to go back to those “awful” feelings and attitudes!
Praise the Lord!
Meditate on these Scriptures:
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.
HE is the only ONE who can heal our broken hearts and spirits!
The only ONE who can save us and set us free!
THANK YOU, JESUS!
Think about this for a moment:
God uses broken things –
The ground must be broken in order to plant and for crops to grow;
The seed itself must be broken open in order to sprout!
The birds must break the seeds open to get the necessary nutrients;
Grain must be beaten and processed in order to be prepared for bread making;
and the bread must be broken to give us nourishment!
Have you ever heard the expression “the sky opened up
and the rain came down”?
Think of that – the sky, the clouds, must be broken for rain to fall!
What are some other examples that you can think of?
Have you ever “broken” an object and said it was too shattered or broken
to be fixed?
The morning I’m writing this I dropped one of my favorite mugs-
and it shattered!
There was no fixing that one!
Well, KNOW this, Dear One!!!!!!
YOU will NEVER be so broken that you can’t be fixed!
Thank You, Jesus!
We serve an awesome God and He is in the business of healing
the brokenness in our lives!
However, we must turn our lives over to Him for that process to start!
And that, my dear friend, is a choice we make!
We choose to stay unbroken, or to be broken....
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying –
“This circumstance will either make you bitter or make you better.”
It’s very true –
Anything that happens to us will do one or the other!
When we allow ourselves to come to a place of brokenness and surrender to God, He can then begin the process of reshaping us, of healing us,
of making us more like Him!
The choice we make will determine the impact we will have for HIM in this world!
Others will either receive a saving knowledge of Christ or they will not!
All because of how we allow God to use our “brokenness’.
Here’s a poem I wrote many years ago in my “brokenness”-
I feel Your Presence, LORD.
I KNOW You’re with me.
I sense the work You’re doing in my life;
the lessons You’re trying to teach me;
the path you want me to take.
Lord, I’ve been so broken,
in such a pit.
And yet, through it all,
you’ve been there with me.
Praise You, Lord!
Lord, continue to carry me;
Allow you’re Holy Spirit to cleanse and renew me;
Make my faith stronger because of this brokenness.
Praise You, Lord!
Today I claim Romans 8:28 –
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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I pray today for anyone reading this devotional.
I ask You to touch their hearts –
may they KNOW that You will heal them;
May they KNOW that You will turn their brokenness into a thing of beauty!
May they KNOW they can call on You wherever, whenever!
May they KNOW that YOU will comfort and give strength!
May they TRUST You with their hearts and their souls!
Father God, I ask for Your Hand to be upon each one!
Praise You and Thank You!
In Jesus Precious Name I pray,
In His Love,
For God so loved the world that
He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish
but have eternal life.
This following story was sent to me via email...
You know the kind!
(You may have seen this before!
It speaks to me every time I read it!)
Sometimes though, they really speak to my heart,
as this one did,
so I have decided to share it with you today!
DISCLAIMER: I am not the author of this piece!
A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver.
The only religious influence in his life came from
his outspoken Christian friend.
The young diver never really paid much attention to his
friend’s sermons, but he heard them often.
One night the diver went to the indoor pool at the college he attended. The lights were off, but as the pool had big skylights and the moon was bright,
there was plenty of light to practice by.
The young man climbed to the highest diving board and as he turned his back to the pool on the edge of the board and extended his arms out, he saw his shadow on the wall.
The shadow of his body was in the shape of a cross.
The man felt a strange feeling,
like someone was speaking to him.
Instead of diving he knelt down
and finally asked God to come into his life.
As the young man stood, a maintenance man walked in and turned the lights on.
The pool had been drained for repairs!
Praying this blesses you today!
May you fill today with Thanks for Him
and His works in your life!
Resting in HIM,
I love the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego –
found in the Book of Daniel.
I am especially invigorated by their reply to the King when he demanded
that they worship his gods
or be thrown into the blazing furnace!
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace,
the God we serve is able to save us from it,
and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.
But even if he does not,
we want you to know, O king,
that we will not serve your gods
or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Such faith they had!
The truth is –
He is able to deliver us from our situations –
but sometimes He does not –
because He’s working something bigger and better in our lives
and / or the lives of people around us!
How awesome is that!
I pray, dear friends, that you are resting in HIS Word today…
That His truth fills your heart and soul!
Blessings on yah!
HIS WORD IS ALL I NEED
May His Word Bless you today!
And fill you with thanksgiving!
Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
He changes times and seasons;
He sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers;
You have given me wisdom and power,
you made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made know to us the dream of the king.”
Blessings on you today!
You are the salt of the earth,
but if salt has lost its taste how can its saltiness be restored?
It is not good for anything any longer
but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Is this how you see yourself every day?
You are God’s agents,
in this world!
May your saltiness bring flavour to all you come in contact with!
May you spread His light into the darkness!
Go out today and sprinkle and shine for Him!
Praise the Lord!
Sometimes I Praise Him quietly,
Sometimes, not so quietly!
He wants our praises!
Have you ever been to a sporting event where the fans were shouting,
clapping their hands, using ‘noise makers’ to cheer the team on ?
I have – and – I’ve participated in all these activities!
I believe God would be thrilled to see us respond to Him in the same way!
Psalm 150 tells us to praise Him with instruments,
with dancing, with shouts of joy!
He Is SO Worthy of our Praise!
Praise Him today…
Give Him your thanks for His presence in your life!
Meditate on Psalm 150 today.
Blessings on you as you give Praise to our Heavenly father!